Sony today announced that it has acquired Seattle-based developer Valkyrie Entertainment. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed to the public. The deal is expected to bolster the development of Sony PlayStation Studios Exclusive Games, according to the press release.
Valkyrie is the latest addition and the company’s fifth studio acquisition for this year. The Seattle-based gaming studio will complete the busy 2021 long list of acquisitions for Sony’s PlayStation business.
According to Engadget, Sony has been busy adding gaming companies this year. The company has acquired Housemarque, Nixxes Software, Firesprite, and Bluepoint Games. To date, the company has added a total of 17 gaming studios under its corporate umbrella.
The Valkyrie acquisition was announced by Herman Hulst, the head of Sony’s PlayStation Studios. “Valkyrie’s diverse capabilities will be welcomed by every team at PlayStation Studios as we continue to focus on delivering extraordinary gaming experiences,” he said in a statement.
Founded in 2002, and based in Seattle, Washington, Valkyrie Entertainment is a game developer and service provider. The company primarily worked as a support studio, providing co-development services to other game studios and publishers. Sony Interactive Entertainment has years of experience working with Valkyrie on a number of projects, having tapped the gaming studio’s help for Twisted Metal, Infamous 2, 2018’s God of War, and the upcoming action-adventure game and the ninth installment in the God of War game series, God of War: Ragnarok.
In addition, Valkyrie is also the developer of 2015’s hit free-to-play action-strategy game Guns Up for Sony’s Playstation 4 and STEAM. The US gaming studio has also worked on numerous big gaming titles for AAA game publishers. These include Halo Infinite (Microsoft Studios), the first five Forza Motorsport titles (Microsoft Studios), the Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), and Batman: Arkham Origins (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment).
Founded in November 1993, and headquartered in Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is a Japanese-American multinational video game and digital entertainment company wholly owned by Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony Group Corporation. SIE handles the development, production, and marketing of both hardware and software for Sony’s PlayStation video game products.